March 29, 2020

Pella II CRC Announcements for March 29, 2020

APRIL 5 WORSHIP SERVICE:  In addition to the March 29 service, the April 5 worship service is canceled.  Worship services and other church events in April will continue to be reviewed by the Governing Board, in light of on-going developments and guidance from authorities.  Decisions on services and events are intended to be communicated in advance to allow sufficient time for planning – Pella II Governing Board

FROM PASTOR PAUL: During this unusual season when we cannot meet as a congregation Pastor Paul will be preaching a series entitled “Strength and Solace”. This Sunday the message, “Be Still and Know”, will be based on Psalm 46. Until we can meet again, we will be posting Sunday services online that will include worship, scripture, and Pastor Paul’s message. Past and future services and messages can be found on the church website (pella2crc.org), on the YouTube Channel (bit.ly/Pella2) and on our Facebook page (facebook.com/secondcrc). Also, please visit our church website (pella2crc.org) to listen to some encouraging hymns for this season which were recorded by our choir last week.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY:  We extend our Christian sympathies to Stu and Amy Bokhoven on the death of Stu’s father, Bob Bokhoven, on March 20,  and to the family of Bill Schimmel, who passed away on March 25.  May God comfort them with the hope of eternal life in Jesus our Lord.

OPPORTUNITIES TO CONTINUE TO SUPPORT PELLA II FINANCIALLY:

The Deacons request the congregation to continue to financially support Pella II during this time.  In light of the cancellations, three ways are available to provide financial support:

  1. Online – By logging into Breeze and clicking “Give Now” any member can donate through ACH transfer or Credit/Debit Card.
  2. Mail – Checks may be mailed to the church (Second Christian Reformed Church, 609 East 1st St., Pella, IA 50219). Please indicate “Attention Deacons” on the envelope.
  3. Drop Off – Donations may be dropped off in the slot in the deacon door at the base of the NW stairs. The door on the southwest side of the church is planned to be open during office hours. Feel free to call ahead (628-2966) to make sure the door is unlocked.

Thank you for your prayerful consideration – Pella II Deacons

CHILDREN’S BULLETINS:  Be sure to check the attachments for a Children’s Bulletin for two different ages, furnished during this unusual time by the company we subscribe to for the weekly children’s bulletins.  Also attached are two pictures of palm branches.  Children – please color one of them and email your finished picture to secretary@pella2crc.org by Thursday, April 2.  On Palm Sunday, April 5, we will try to feature them in some way with the online service.

PCHS SOCIETY MEETING and Board Nominations:  The Pella Christian High School Society meeting scheduled for April 17 has been postponed until later in May or possibly beyond.  We are currently looking for board member nominations for four open positions and would ask you to prayerfully consider whether you might be called to serve. Board members are called to serve as trustees for the mission of the school to ensure God-honoring, excellent education for students for generations to come.  Open board positions include:

District I (Calvary CRC, Faith CRC, Connect Church, Pella II CRC, Covenant Reformed)

District III (Newton CRC, Prairie City CRC, Sully CRC)

District IV (Oskaloosa I CRC, Oskaloosa Bethel CRC, Cedar CRC)

One At-Large Board Position (PCHS supporter from any church)

If you are interested in serving as a board member, please call the school or email Principal Dan Van Kooten at vankootend@pceagles.org by noon on April 6.  Each open position requires the nomination of at least two persons who are to be elected at the next PCHS Society Meeting.

PELLA CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL has an opening for a Study Skills Instructor.  Interested candidates can contact Principal Dan Van Kooten at vankootend@pceagles.org for more information.  The teacher application packet for this opening is available on the Pella Christian High School website (www.pceagles.org).  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

FROM PELLA COMMUNITY FOOD SHELF:  We are so humbled by those reaching out to see how they can support the Pella Community Food Shelf (PCFS).  Many of the standard practices regarding receiving food have had to change due to COVID-19.

At this time, the best way to support the PCFS is by financial giving. That enables us to utilize our buying resources and provide for our friends and neighbors in need via the best possible way in accordance with the current guidelines.  We have several ways to do that:

  1. QR CodeThe locked drop box by the Food Shelf interior door in The Well fellowship area (enter on the east side through exterior door #2 or 3)
  2. By mail – P.O. Box 465, Pella, IA 50219
  3. Venmo- username: PellaCommunity_FoodShelf, or QR Code at right.

Thank you, THANK YOU for your financial support, donations, your many members who volunteer and prayers. – PCFS Team

FROM THE LE MAHIEU FAMILY:  We send you our love and greetings from Papua New Guinea.  We have been praying for you in this time of uncertainty, and we cherish your prayers as well, not only for our family but the people of Papua New Guinea.

We had plans to return to the U.S after Noah graduates, but these plans have been put on hold and our plane tickets (which had us going through Asia) have been cancelled.  Following PNG government mandates, the Ukarumpa center has been following a two-week isolation protocol. We will shelter here in Ukarumpa for now while closely following the news related to government travel bans.   While COVID-19 has found its way to PNG we really are not sure of the exact extent of its reach at this point.  We do ask for prayers for Cole and Leif back in the U.S.  Leif left New York City last week and has been following quarantine procedures in Wisconsin.  Cole remains in Lawrence, KS.  They both will continue classes online.

The Bau story book Bible dedication that was to have taken place March 26-27 has been cancelled.  We do not know when or how the story books will be distributed but trust that the Lord’s timing in all of this is perfect.

Please drop us a note and let us know how you are doing and how we can pray specifically for you and the challenges you may be facing.  Love and blessings, Doug, Benita, Noah and Tia

 

CRC NEWS AND PRAYER ITEMS

GROUNDWORK:  I Believe in God, The Son – What do we mean when we say “I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord”  Join Groundwork as we study Matthew 16:13-16, John 1:1-18 and Philippians 2:9-11 to discover who we believe Jesus Christ is and what this belief means for how we live our lives.  Listen at GroundworkOnline.com.

KIDS CORNER: Beat the Buzzer – Liz and his friends are very excited about competing in the Beat the Buzzer game…so excited that they don’t complete their assignment for church school, figuring out the difference between grace, mercy, and justice.  Listen at kidscorner.net.   Download  an Easter puzzle and game giveaway The Bible Challenge Activity Book Five, kidscorner.net/activities.

LENT AT-HOME FAITH FORMATION TIP: Hold a modified Seder meal with your family or friends to draw connections between the traditional Jewish Passover meal and the Last Supper.  This also provides a wonderful opportunity to teach children about communion and how Jesus asked us to remember him when we celebrate it.  Author Ann Voskamp offers Christian seder meal instructions at tinyurl.com/VoskampSeder.